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Don't miss those Scottsdale events/activities for April.  Hey! What is city council doing on Monday?

Attend the Desert Discovery Center informational public meeting hosted by Protect our Preserve in the Scottsdale Ranch Community Center south of Shea Blvd on 100th Street (10585 N 100th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258).  Monday, April 24th at 6 PM, speaker Howard Myers will cover the history of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, evolution of the DDC concept, legal considerations for a DDC Preserve location, financing the design, construction and projected annual operating losses. Audience questions & answers period will follow. website:    Invite your friends and neighbors as this DDC issue may be on a future ballot. Registered Scottsdale voter signatures are being collected now.


What does your city council member do besides make decisions in the Tuesday night council meetings? Answer:--serve on one or more subcommittees.

Did you know that you can attend specific-topic Subcommittee meetings and listen to mayor-appointed city council members discuss in depth specific Scottsdale government issues? Three important subcommittees that deserve your attention are: Economic Development (Mayor Lane, Councilwoman Linda Milhaven and Councilman David Smith), Capital Improvement Plan (Councilmen David Smith and Guy Phillips and Councilwoman Virginia Korte) and Westworld Facilities (Mayor Lane, Councilman Guy Phillips and Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp). Department representatives provide current reports and projections and answer council questions.  This exchange educates your council members and helps them to evaluate the effectiveness of current council policies. 

Example: The Capital Improvement Plan Subcommittee will recommend the following General Fund prioritization: "The highest priority should be the repetitive, small-dollar projects necessary for the continued efficient operation of the city.  These include IT and police radio projects as well as minor capital projects associated with city-owned facilities." They continue with Vista del Camino renovation, Granite Reef watershed, reinvestment in the Downtown Scottsdale area and removal of the WestWorld tent.
YES, you can attend. The dates, times and  locations are at this city web page

Remember: We are a City Manager government.  This means that the city council sets POLICY and the City Manager is the ADMINISTRATOR who is incharge of and directs the city staff to carry out those policies.  It is not the council members' role to enter a city worker's office and to direct him/her to some form of action or service.  Their "gate" is through the city manager.

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WHERE is city money spent? The proposed 2017/18 operating and capital budgets were released on April 4th--details are on the city website  On April 25th, Tuesday, it will be presented (Live Channel 11) to city council. Public hearings are tentatively May 23rd and June 13th. Final adoption of tax levies is June 27th.

COUNCIL RETREAT--to establish council goals for the next two years  On Monday, April 17th from 8 am.  The public can sit in this open meeting and contribute written comment only. The location is SkySong, building one, Global Conference Room 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd, suite 201.

Quote: "It's not an accident that we don't look or feel
like our neighboring communities" said Mayor ___
[sorry, not said by Scottsdale Mayor Lane but
Mayor Collins of the Town of Paradise Valley]

  Vote for
Scottsdale's Museum of the West!


Voting is NOW for Arizona Foothills' "Nonprofit of the Year" contest! The three nonprofits receiving the most votes will win thousands of dollars worth of free advertising. Vote for Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West by visiting You can vote once per day, per e-mail address through May 26, 2017. Be sure to forward the word to all of your friends and support our Smithsonian Associate downtown museum to win yet another award.

The Taos Society of Artists Through April 30, 2017


The exhibition, which is comprised of paintings on loan from institutions and private collections across the country, will be on display in the museum's Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation Great Hall through April 30, 2017.
The exhibition, sponsored by Scottsdale Art Auction, showcases paintings by 19 artists, and includes 80 of the finest and most valued Society artworks ever exhibited together. These American masterpieces feature vivid images of dramatic landscapes and Native Americans in traditional clothing, which shaped popular culture's perceptions of the American Southwest and influenced generations of artists. Location: south of Main Street on Marshall Way--one block.



                 Homeschool Day   April 20, 2017     10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Plan an exciting day of adventures and discoveries specifically designed for homeschooled students! On this day, each of the museum’s exhibitions will feature an interactive experience designed to encourage children to make choices, engage in conversations, share discoveries, and develop critical thinking skills.
Included in the day's activities is an opportunity for students and their families/caregivers to attend a special performance by the OK Chorale from 1-2 p.m. The musical trio combines the wonderful harmonies of traditional cowboy music of the silver screen era with the fascinating history of Old West characters and events. A special $5 per person admission fee will be available for parents/caregivers and their students on this day. To reserve a spot for your child/children/grandchildren and yourself,  send an e-mail to with the subject line “Homeschool Day April 20” by Friday, April 14.--TODAY !! For more information, please read the full event description here

REMINDER TO MUSEUM OF THE WEST MEMBERS: Attend the annual meeting for Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West on Tuesday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Theater/Auditorium. Guests will hear presentations on current and planned museum exhibitions and events. Seating is limited so arrive early. --not open to the general public.

Download a printable version of the complete Museum of the West events calendar HERE, or view the calendar online HERE


Own a Scottsdale business? The City of Scottsdale seeks feedback from the business community-[-complete this online feedback form] (takes about 15 min. or less).

Want to bid on a Scottsdale contract? 17PB014 - Public Bid - Fire Station 613 Construction 
The City of Scottsdale invites sealed submittals for the construction of a new fire station along with roadway and infrastructure improvements at the southwest corner of Jomax/Hayden Roads.

Due Date:  05/16/17, 2:00 P.M., Local Time

Contact:  Cheryl Champine, 480-312-5719


April 15 Sat 8 am + and Sun noon +-FREE AZ Dressage Association Spring Celebration in WestWorldThe 2016 State Championships in the Dressage discipline. This event features a rider guiding a horse through a series of complex maneuvers with the More...

  • Sat. & Sun. 2:00 PM Phoenix Pet Expo  in WestWorld Free Parking $5. Hundreds of exhibitors, giveaways, discounted vaccinations, free nail trims, obedience demos, and so much more. Stop by the Mega-Adoption Area sponsored by Petfinder, and More...

April 17, Monday Pulte homes/Saguaro Canyon (NE corner 82nd St./Dynamite proposed subdivision on 30 acres Rural land) Neighborhood Open House hosted by the developer from 6 to 7 pm in the Desert Mission United Methodist Church at 7373 E Dixileta Drive 
MATT: This was cut from under April 24th and moved to here with the correct date..SK

April 19th Wednesday 
1:00 PM FREE Entertainment Extravaganza showcases senior talent  Scottsdale Senior Services’ signature variety show returns in the Granite Reef Senior Center to showcase senior talents 
April 20th Thursday 7 pm to 8:30 pm Meet the new city manager, Jim Thompson, at the Community Council of Scottsdale public meeting in Room 1 of the Granite Reef Senior Center.  Ride the free trolley right to the doorstep!  Bring your questions and concerns to share with him

April 22 Saturday  Art for Aunt Rita's along Main St & Marshall Way

                       The Original Taste along the AZ Canal Banks
                        Zoolikins Great Cloth Diaper Change on Stetson Plaza
Organize your neighborhood for near-home or assigned city cleanup

One-Day street cleanup city-wide--Adopt A Road/Scottsdale Clean & Scenic Program from morning to noon. All groups and neighborhood teams must PRE-REGISTER NOW.. Click on that link to see full event and supply details. For more information about the Adopt-A-Road program or the Keep Scottsdale Beautiful Campaign, call (480) 312-3111.

April 23, Sunday from 1 to 5 pm FREE April Pools Day event that features drowning prevention information, mock rescue, interactive booths, games and raffles. Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center on Miller south of Thomas Road.  Note: all city pools will open Memorial Day, May 29th.

April 24, Monday  .
       Desert Discovery Center Speaker 6 pm Scottsdale Ranch Community Center 100th St south of Shea.  History, financing, concept design, location and your questions. Hosted by Protect our Preserve.

April 27th, Thursday Partners for Paiute Breakfast FREE 8 to 9 am in the Pavilion (far west side) of McCormick Ranch Golf Club. See website for details

April 28th, Friday  Golden Rule Breakfast 7:30 am FREE in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will acknowledge local activities that promote diversity.  Details:  search "diversity"

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E-Newsletter and to be an informed resident. Feel free to forward to your HOA neighbors or friends. Our help and support are totally free--might charge you a smile and thank you though.   


Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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